Mr. H and his Unruly Puppets

Mr. H and his Unruly Puppets

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Robert Heidbreder–"Mr. H." to his Grade One students–is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence. Throughout his 30-year tenure with the Vancouver School Board, he has developed a classroom where learning is challenging and fun. A cast of over 50 puppets, led by the wise wizard Alphaterwa and the unruly Stanley C. Crow, transforms the Grade One curriculum into a year-long interactive drama. Children learn to read because each puppet has a poem that is used to activate that puppet's power.

Mr. H.'s passions as a poet and an award-winning children's author are evident in the letters, clues and riddles written by Mr. H. and sent to the children by the puppets each morning. The children's responses to the letters create the content, climax and resolution for their daily adventures under the watchful eye of the puppet master and teacher, Mr. H. In a climate of standardizing educational ideologies, Mr. H and his Unruly Puppets shows a refreshing counter balance, celebrating a style of collaboration with young children that truly exemplifies the art of teaching.

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